The new year has already begun and companies are putting the finishing touches on their respective calendars for the most important releases they face in 2023. In Nintendo’s case, all eyes are already on May with The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, but there is more before and after the return of Link’s open-world adventures.
Nintendo’s website has published a post assessing the company’s roadmap with the most prominent titles coming to Nintendo Switch in 2023. In addition to the first-party ones, the big N also highlights the arrival of some titles from other studios such as Atlus or Square Enix, and orders them chronologically so you know when they are all coming.
Persona 3 Portable and Persona 4 Golden – Jan. 19
Direct ports of the previous volumes of Atlus’ Persona series will be part of the Nintendo Switch catalog starting next week. Two very different stories in which a group of chosen people must face alien threats using the skills of entities known as Persona. And a Persona 3 remake may be coming, if recent rumors are to be believed.
Fire Emblem Engage – January 20
Nintendo’s first big date with gamers will be later this month with the release of Intelligent Systems‘s new installment in its tactical JRPG saga. Fire Emblem Engage lets players fight the threat looming over the continent of Elyos with the help of new allies and characters from previous volumes, contained in emblems.
Octopath Traveler II – Feb. 24
The sequel to Square Enix’s HD-2D JRPG will be one of February’s big releases. Set years after the first Octopath Traveler, it once again tells the story of eight varied characters whose stories and adventures will intertwine in the land of Solistia.
Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe – Feb. 24
Did you want more Kirby after the credits of The Forgotten Land? Well, don’t worry, because HAL Laboratory has prepared a very special return for the endearing pink ball. Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe is a remake of the title released on the Wii in 2011 with better graphics and mini-games to enjoy with up to four players with Kirby’s copying skills.
Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon – March 17
Discover a new side of the Witch of Umbra in this enchanting adventure inspired by a storybook already mentioned in Bayonetta 3. As a young witch-in-training, team up with your demon ally Cheshire to fight fairies, solve puzzles and travel through a forbidden forest.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom – May 12
The long-awaited sequel to Breath of the Wild will undoubtedly be the release of the year on Nintendo Switch. Right now, we hardly know any details about this new Link adventure, except that it will be set after the events of the previous installment and we will see a fragmented Hyrule with more emphasis on verticality in order to explore those parts of the land that have risen to the sky. Link’s new abilities and a much darker tone fill us with uncertainty and make us wish May arrives so we can get our hands on it.
Master Detective Archives: RAIN CODE – Spring 2023
Kazutaka Kodaka, creator of the Danganronpa series, presents his new title published by Spike Chunsoft. In this adventure, you play as Yuma, a rookie detective with amnesia who must solve crimes on a huge map of Tokyo with the help of a Shinigami. There is currently no confirmed date, but the spring release window is still open.
Minecraft Legends – 2023
The spin-off of the world’s most famous sandbox is also being released on Nintendo’s hybrid this year, and in it we will have to fight to free the land of cubes from the threat of monsters by leading a group of heroes combining the genres of action and strategy. And if that’s not enough for you, wait until you hear the musical themes recorded by Tina Guo for the game.
Pikmin 4 – 2023
After years of very little news, Shigeru Miyamoto himself announced in the last Nintendo Direct that the fourth installment of Pikmin would see the light of day in 2023. At the moment, we don’t know the exact date, but you can expect the return of the lovable and colorful characters in the second half of the year.
And right now these are the highlights Nintendo has in store for us in 2023, although there are still many gaps to fill in the second half of the year, we are still hopeful that there will be big surprises for the final months of the year. Perhaps the anticipated release of Metroid, a new Pokémon or a surprise Mario announcement? Time will tell.